Posted in audiobooks

Make a New ‘Ears Resolution!

January is the perfect time to pause and reflect on our goals for the upcoming calendar year. Personally, I’m always looking for new strategies to expand my reading horizons. I recently came across’s Reading Resolutions Based on Your Zodiac Sign. Here’s what they suggest for my sign:

Taurus: Read in new formats
Shake things up this year, even just once a month. If you prefer paperback, try eBooks. If you’re attached to your Kindle, go for an audiobook instead.

hintonKeeping this suggestion in mind, I’ve set a goal of listening to one nonfiction audiobook every month in 2019. I tend to read nonfiction more slowly than I read novels, and with appealing new nonfiction titles publishing every month, there are always more great books than hours in the day for reading. Audiobooks are a great way to multitask and shrink that ever-growing “To Be Read” list, and I’m kicking things off with The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. It comes highly recommended by close friends and Oprah alike! And remember, audiobooks are not cheating! In fact, there are plenty of great reasons to give reading with your ears a try:

  • 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening
  • Audiobooks support avid and reluctant readers alike
  • Audiobooks expose listeners to new vocabulary
  • Skilled narrators demonstrate fluent reading and correct pronunciation of words and dialects
  • Listening promotes a sense of human connection with a story and its teller

If you need even more audio-inspiration, check out Ridley High School’s collection of digital audiobooks available through the SORA app. Join me on this journey of making (and keeping) a New ‘Ears Resolutions! We’ll all be a little wiser and better read by the time the calendar flips over to 2020.

Posted in new books

‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sora_SchoolsClosed_720x300The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to celebrate the season with your friends and family! Whether you will be juggling a full calendar or are expecting a quiet wrap-up to 2018, Ridley High School’s digital lending library has the perfect option for you to chill out with an eBook over break! When your plans involve a revolving door of guests and gifts, you might find yourself looking for a little downtime to enjoy a great book. Maybe you have a long drive planned to visit relatives; long drives are perfectly suited for audiobooks! Either way, you’re in luck because we’ve just added TWENTY-TWO brand new titles to Ridley High School’s SORA App, including two modern remixes of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Acevedo’s award-winning The Poet X, Kwame Alexander’s latest novel-in-verse, the conclusion to Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series, and one of the most anticipated new books of 2019: a brand new novel by Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give! On the Come Up will be available on SORA the moment the book is released on February 5, 2019.

Wherever the holidays take you, be sure to take a book along! Visit to browse, sample, and borrow our available eBooks and audiobooks. And while you’re there, check out the Explore –> Collections link with handy shortcuts to popular genres and categories, including “Crossover” Novels, Good Sports, and Let’s Get Real! For information on student and staff usernames, please see Ms. Pickett.

Posted in Best books


It’s a holiday tradition! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like select the best books of the year just in time for holiday shopping and New Year’s Resolution reading lists. Every list is unique, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere; they really are the best of the best! And there’s something for everyone here. Each of these books is available in the library, so check one out today! #BestBooks2018! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!

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  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
    When Xiomara Batista, who pours all her frustrations and passion into poetry, is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother’s expectations and her need to be heard.
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    Zâelie, her brother Tzain, and princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are pursued by the crown prince. Get ready for danger, magic, and star-crossed romance!
  • Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
    American-born Maya Aziz, a Muslim teen, struggles with her parents’ expectations and her own dreams, a situation that is complicated by a terrorist attack by a suspect who happens to share her last name.
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
    Leah Burke takes center stage in this companion novel to Albertalli’s award-winning debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
    A decade after her parents were murdered by the High Court of Faerie, Jude still harbors a seething hatred for a wicked faerie prince and becomes embroiled in court politics as part of her plan to exact revenge. 
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
    Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning depiction of race in America, wrapped in an alternate-history adventure where Confederate and Union soldiers rise from the dead at the end of the Civil War.
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
    During Darius Kellner’s sophomore year he travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor who changes his life for the better. 
  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
    This powerful graphic memoir traces the author’s unconventional childhood with a drug-addicted mother, an absent father, and two lovingly opinionated grandparents.
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
    After her mother’s suicide, Leigh travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents, explore her mother’s childhood community, and learn more about her Taiwanese heritage.
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
    Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie, who has run away from her isolated Colorado town to find her younger sister’s killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie’s disappearance.
  • On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
    An epic graphic novel about a girl who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long lost love.
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
    Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color.

What was your favorite book of 2018? Leave a comment and let me know!

Posted in Library News

818* Library Tidbits

The RHS Library has a new home!

Actually, it’s a new HOME PAGE! It looks similar to our previous virtual home, with icons for Research, Reading, and other Useful Links. To access our site:

  • Visit the Ridley High School site
  • Click on the “For Students” tab
  • Scroll to “Library
  • Bookmark the site for easy access throughout the school year!


The Library’s New Arrivals Display is fully stocked
with hot-off-the-press novels!

By popular demand, our new arrivals are now organized by genre! Now it will be even easier for students to access the books that interest them, or to see what’s new in their favorite genre. We have three sections representing our most popular categories:

  • Fantasy & Horror
  • Mystery & Romance
  • Realistic & Sports


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See something that looks interesting? Stop by the library today to check it out! If you’re not sure what to read next, revisit last week’s series on how to Reboot Your To-Be-Read list. When all else fails, keep calm and ask a librarian for a recommendation.

A Vote Equals a Voice!

The Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award is a book award that gives you, the reader, a voice! Every year, fifteen of the very best books are nominated. These books are all written by North American authors and have been published within the last five years. They really are the best of the best, but your favorite needs YOUR vote to win! Participating is easy: just read (or listen to) at least three of the nominated titles and vote for your favorite in March. The winner will be revealed in April, 2019. And now, thanks to the generosity of the Ridley Educational Foundation, the Library has multiple copies of each nominee! Stop by the library anytime to check out one of the books or pick up a bookmark with the list of nominated titles. Here are a few of my current favorites …


* Dewey Decimal number for Miscellaneous Writings.

Thanks for reading!

Posted in Library News, Reading Tips

Reboot Your TBR, Day 5: Phone a Friend!

Welcome back to Reboot Your TBR! All week long, I’ve shared my tried-and-true strategies for choosing the right book at the right time. Did I overlook a TBR reboot method that works for you? Leave a comment and let me know! In the meantime, enjoy this series finale:

When all else fails, ask a friend for a book recommendation. Your friends know you really well, and they are a great resource to call upon when you are having trouble choosing something to read. The best part of getting book recommendations from your friends is being able to talk about the book together after you have read it. As a bonus, the book will be much more meaningful to you when you associate it with a close pal. My friends know my taste in books almost as well as they know me, so I put a lot of faith in their recommendations. Your friends are also a perfect sounding board when you’re stuck between two or three books and can’t settle on which one to read. Describe the books to a friend, and they will always steer you in the right direction. Here’s the latest book I picked up, (naturally) on a bestie’s recommendation:

EskensHere’s a quick plot summary from the publisher: College student Joe Talbert’s English class assignment is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran and a convicted murderer, medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison. Unable to reconcile Carl’s heroism in Vietnam with the despicable acts of the convict, Joe throws himself into unraveling the tapestry of Carl’s history. But will he discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

Thank you to Ms. Watts for the recommendation. I look forward to reading the book and discussing it together … maybe over a coffee? 💁☕️📖